3905 – Alpha Omega Tracing Board Diagram Mystical Seals and Names

Physical description:
Cream coloured card with black and red ink writing. Holes and ribbon used for hanging. On the back is more handwritten writing.
Museum classification:
Ritual Magic
Size:
24cm x 30cm
Information:

These tracing board diagrams were most likely used as a way to test the knowledge of the members of the order of Alpha et Omega (initially called The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn) and allow them to progress further up into higher levels (grades) in the order. It appears that some, if not all, of the boards were hung in the temple during rituals of the inner order. See the Alpha Omega tag for more tracing board diagrams. 

On the front side of the board there is a rectangular piece of paper stuck to the middle of the board, and a hand-drawn frame in blue and red ink surrounds it. There are Hebrew and English words as well as sigil drawings printed on the paper. The English and Latin alphabet words and phrases featured: hod, glory, majesty, honour, elim, the plural of el, chasmodai, the spirit of the moon, 3321, schedbarschemoth schartathan, the spirits of the moon, 3321, malaka be-tarshisim ve-od ruacoth schechalim, the intelligence of the intelligences of the moon.

The sigils represent the inscriptions, as shown and explained on the following pages:

 

 

On the reverse, writing in red ink reads: "11. Second Point. Hanging under Kamea on Banner of East." Further writing in blue ink reads: "The Mystical Seals and Names drawn from the Kamea of Moon. 2=9 Grade, Second Point. Executed by V. H. Frater "Fide et Amore". 5=6 September 1910. Isis-Urania-Temple." there is also a typed label adhered to the reverse.

Isis Urania Temple was originally the first temple of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, founded in 1888 in London. The "2=9" and "5=6" inscriptions pertain to the structure and grading of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (also known as Alpha et Omega, or the A.O.) 5=6 being the Adeptus Minor rank of the Second Order. 

The structure of the Golden Dawn:

First Order
Introduction—Neophyte 0=0
Zelator 1=10
Theoricus 2=9
Practicus 3=8
Philosophus 4=7
Intermediate—Portal Grade

Second Order
Adeptus Minor 5=6
Adeptus Major 6=5
Adeptus Exemptus 7=4

Third Order
Magister Templi 8=3
Magus 9=2
Ipsissimus 10=1

The kamea that the above text refers to is a 'number square' used in ritual magic. See object 3898 for more information on the kamea.

The phrase 'Hanging under Kamea on Banner of East.' possibly means that this board used to hang under the Banner of East in a Temple during the rituals of the inner order, as shown on the below two diagrams. 

 

Alpha-Omega Collection

These items came from a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous.  She inherited them from Dorothy May Cox, who was probably a member of Alpha Omega, and perhaps a relative of Donald W. Cox, who was initiated into AO around 1920.

Resource:
Object
Materials:
Card and ink
Copyright ownership:
MWM

These tracing board diagrams were most likely used as a way to test the knowledge of the members of the order of Alpha et Omega (initially called The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn) and allow them to progress further up into higher levels (grades) in the order. It appears that some, if not all, of the boards were hung in the temple during rituals of the inner order. See the Alpha Omega tag for more tracing board diagrams. 

On the front side of the board there is a rectangular piece of paper stuck to the middle of the board, and a hand-drawn frame in blue and red ink surrounds it. There are Hebrew and English words as well as sigil drawings printed on the paper. The English and Latin alphabet words and phrases featured: hod, glory, majesty, honour, elim, the plural of el, chasmodai, the spirit of the moon, 3321, schedbarschemoth schartathan, the spirits of the moon, 3321, malaka be-tarshisim ve-od ruacoth schechalim, the intelligence of the intelligences of the moon.

The sigils represent the inscriptions, as shown and explained on the following pages:

 

 

On the reverse, writing in red ink reads: "11. Second Point. Hanging under Kamea on Banner of East." Further writing in blue ink reads: "The Mystical Seals and Names drawn from the Kamea of Moon. 2=9 Grade, Second Point. Executed by V. H. Frater "Fide et Amore". 5=6 September 1910. Isis-Urania-Temple." there is also a typed label adhered to the reverse.

Isis Urania Temple was originally the first temple of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, founded in 1888 in London. The "2=9" and "5=6" inscriptions pertain to the structure and grading of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (also known as Alpha et Omega, or the A.O.) 5=6 being the Adeptus Minor rank of the Second Order. 

The structure of the Golden Dawn:

First Order
Introduction—Neophyte 0=0
Zelator 1=10
Theoricus 2=9
Practicus 3=8
Philosophus 4=7
Intermediate—Portal Grade

Second Order
Adeptus Minor 5=6
Adeptus Major 6=5
Adeptus Exemptus 7=4

Third Order
Magister Templi 8=3
Magus 9=2
Ipsissimus 10=1

The kamea that the above text refers to is a 'number square' used in ritual magic. See object 3898 for more information on the kamea.

The phrase 'Hanging under Kamea on Banner of East.' possibly means that this board used to hang under the Banner of East in a Temple during the rituals of the inner order, as shown on the below two diagrams. 

 

Alpha-Omega Collection

These items came from a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous.  She inherited them from Dorothy May Cox, who was probably a member of Alpha Omega, and perhaps a relative of Donald W. Cox, who was initiated into AO around 1920.